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The Mercat Cross (Skelton)

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THE MERCAT CROSS (R4x48) 4C Set Barry Skelton Blue Book

1- 8 1s cross RH, cast 1 place, set and ½ turn LH to face 1st corners
9-16 1s dance diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners
17-24 1s LH to partner and RH to 1st corner Balance-in-Line, 1s and 1st corners turn right about and Balance-in-Line, 1s turn RH to face 2nd corners
25-32 1s dance diagonal reel of 4 with 2nd corners
33-40 1s LH to partner and RH to 2nd corner Balance-in-Line, 1s and 2nd corners turn right about and Balance-in-Line, 1s turn RH to 2nd place own sides
41-48 1s set, cast 1 place 1s+4s Set+Link

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


Dance Information

Also see the dance Mercat Cross (Attwood) by Jean Attwood.
Also see the dance Mercat Cross (Dickson) by John Bowie Dickson.
Also see the dance Mercat Cross (Priddey) by Barry Priddey.

A mercat cross is a market cross found in Scottish cities and towns where trade and commerce was a part of economic life. It was originally a place where merchants would gather, and later became the focal point of many town events such as executions, announcements and proclamations. To this day several important announcements and proclamations are still ceremonially made at the Mercat Cross in Edinburgh, including the calling of general elections and the succession of new monarchs.

Despite the name, the typical mercat cross is not actually cruciform - variations range from a short pole stuck in the ground to the grand pillar rising out of the "cross house" in Edinburgh.

The Mercat Cross
One Of The Finest Examples Of A Mercat Cross Is In Inverkeithing In Fife


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